In a ‘random act of kindness’, a Muslim man offered his shoes and socks to a fellow bus passenger who was shoeless with only plastic hairnets to cover his feet. He later got off the bus and walked home barefoot.
The incident which took place on the 341 bus route in Surrey, B.C., was witnessed by an off-duty bus driver who took photos of the incident and later posted them on Facebook.
According to QMI Agency, Surjit Singh Virk said the incident made his heart melt. Apparently the man just took his shoes and socks off and said, ‘You can take these, don’t worry about me — I live close by and can walk.”
Singh added that the homeless man was “shocked” by the gift and afterwards exclaimed, “What a nice guy… Did that really happen?”
The man was reportedly on his way home from a mosque nearby. He requested that he not be identified for his deed because the Islamic faith teaches that charitable acts should remain anonymous.
Speaking to QMI Agency, the 27-year-old Muslim said: “I felt bad for the guy. He was wearing plastic hairnets on his feet. I was only about a two-minute walk from home, so I thought I could give him my shoes.”
Mufti Aasim Rashid, a spokesman from the local mosque, said that the act was an example of sadaqah, a virtuous deed in Islam. “Whenever we do a good deed, even if it’s to help someone out, the Islamic teachings maintain this should remain only for the pleasure of God,” he added. “It’s nice to see people practising the teachings. It looks like he’s really benefited.”
Pictures of the incident have gone viral on social media. One commentator, namely Ayesha Chowdhury wrote: “This is what true Islam really is. Mercy towards all humanity regardless of race, colour, status, or religion!”